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Paris Saint-Germain vs. FC Basel: All Hands On Deck In UCL

Paris Saint-Germain's Spanish headcoach Unai Emery gestures during the French L1 football match between Nancy (ASNL) and Paris (PSG) on October 15, 2016, at Marcel Picot stadium in Tomblaine, eastern France. / AFP / JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN (Photo credit should read JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Paris Saint-Germain vs. FC Basel: All Hands On Deck In UCL

Unai Emery’s Paris Saint-Germain face a must-win game in the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League group stage when they face Urs Fischer’s FC Basel of the Swiss Super League at the Parc Des Princes on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Currently, PSG are on four points after a draw with Arsenal and a victory over Ludogorets Razgrad. A win over Basel will keep the champions of France on pace to make the Round of 16. As for the visitors, they on a single point and face elimination from all European competitions if they do not get a positive result.

 

Seydou Doumbia is FC Basel’s leading goalscorer. He has seven goals across all competitions and leads a balanced unit that has seen 11 different players find the back of the net. In addition, FC Basel are out to a commanding lead in the Swiss Super League, winning four of their last five to go with a mind-blowing goal differentian of +25 and a record of 10-1-0 (31 points).

That’s right, unlike PSG, FC Basel have yet to lose a game domestically. In fact, they are the only team in the entire domestic competition yet to lose through 11 rounds. Two other clubs, Lausanner Sport and Sio, are on 17 pounts (14 points adrift) and have already lost four matches out of 11. It has been one-sided over in Switzerland, meaning that this is going to be an actual test for PSG.

 

And speaking of PSG, Les Parisiens are just figuring out their form come mid-October. Paris, like Basel, have won four out of their last five across all competitions, with the one blot being a 2-0 shutout loss to red-hot Toulouse FC away. As Edinson Cavani goes, so goes PSG’s hopes of a positive result. Cavani has nine goals this season for the club, while Lucas Moura has five. Tragically, those are the only two major goalscorers on the team, although Maxwell has done well as a provider.

A number of key players for PSG were rested as a precaution during the match with AS Nancy Lorraine, resulting in a workmanlike 2-1 victory in Ligue 1 play. With the next two matches at home, it’s all hands on deck because after Basel, Le Classique with Olympique de Marseille awaits. Fortunately for Paris Saint-Germain, they won’t have to deal with Michy Batshuayi or Steve Mandanda on the weekend -they are making it big across the Channel in the Premier League with Chelsea and Crystal Palace, respectively.

Kickoff is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. PT/2:45 p.m. ET. Here are 10 Bold Predictions for the match between Paris Saint-Germain and FC Basel.

  • Alphonse Areola will make at least five saves.
  • At least 40 fouls will be whistled.
  • At least four cards will be issued.
  • Lucas Moura will score for Paris Saint-Germain.
  • Edinson Cavani will score for Paris Saint-Germain.
  • Seydou Doumbia will score for FC Basel.
  • Tomas Vaclik will make at least four saves.
  • A goal will be scored in the last 15 minutes and stoppage time.
  • Marco Verratti will score for Paris Saint-Germain.
  • No goals will be scored in the first 15 minutes.

Paris Saint-Germain 3, FC Basel 1

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Jo-Ryan Salazar is a writer for The Stoppage Time, a soccer blog powered by Azteca Soccer. A supporter of the Los Angeles Galaxy since 1996 and a committed supporter since 2002, Jo-Ryan also follows Chelsea FC, Melbourne Victory, FC Tokyo and Paris Saint-Germain. Apart from soccer, Jo-Ryan is an administrative assistant for a local nonprofit in Long Beach, California and also does photography, photo-editing and fictional writing.

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